|Lance Parrish, Bob Knepper, and John Candelaria.|
We also have Bob Knepper here (who is someone I have absolutely no memory of whatsoever) being recognized for being the 1986 shutout leader. Knepper pitched from 1976 through 1990, with the Giants, Astros, and Giants again. He went 146-155 with 1 save in his career. In 1978, he led the NL with 6 shutouts, and in 1986 he led the NL with 5 shutouts.
Also in 1986, John Candelaria was Comeback Player of the Year. I've featured Candelaria several times since he's one of my favorite players. He had some rough times in the 80s, especially following the death of his son. He had some good years here and there towards the end of his career, and in 1986, starting fresh with the Angels after having spent 10+ years with the Pirates, he went 10-2 with a 2.55 ERA in 16 starts.
|Bob Boone, Marty Barrett, and George Bell.|
Marty Barrett is also someone I have just about no memory of. He appears to have been the 1986 ALCS MVP. When I originally bought this set, I didn't know what ALCS stood for. With no internet back then, it took me a while to find out -- almost always, people you talked to or things you read just talked about the playoffs, and didn't call it the American League Championship Series.
I also have little memory of George Bell. He was the 1987 AL MVP, so I think he should register a little better to me, but I really didn't pay so much attention to the AL. Bell was with Toronto before they really challenged for the World Series, and when Toronto won, he was with the White Sox. He continued to be good for a few years, finishing 4th in MVP voting in 1989 and appearing on the All-Star team in 1990 and 1991. He's in the set for leading the league in Game-Winning RBI, a stat which never seemed to make sense to me, at least the way it was defined.
|Candy Maldonado, Frank White, and "Mike" Webster.|
I do remember Frank White; although I barely watched the AL, I appreciate the talent on the 1980 Royals team which played against the Phillies in the World Series. While they lost in 1980, several of them, including White, were part of the Royals championship team in 1985. White was a mainstay of the Royals infield, being their second baseman from 1973-1990. Like I said, I appreciate the talent the Royals had, and White was one of the best.
The final player I've chosen to highlight from the set is "Mike" Webster, who led the NL in triples in 1986 with 13. I put "Mike" in quotes because his name appears to actually be Mitch Webster. The back of the card says Mitch Webster, Wikipedia says his first name is Mitchell, and Baseball Reference agrees his name is Mitch. I don't remember Webster, but he played from 1983 through 1995 with a variety of teams, never otherwise leading the league in anything.
I know these many boxed sets of the late 80s are looked down upon, but these at least did help me when I was a kid learning what was going on in the baseball world at the time.